Etching on Somerset paper
36,5 x 31,5cm – with the image measuring 22,5 x 17,3cm
Edition of 35 copies, signed and numbered by the artist
about this work
Graham Little is known for his unique gouache and pencil vignettes that situate figures within intricately considered spaces and landscapes. His carefully built compositions revel in the texture, pattern and hidden narratives of fashion advertising as well as familiar, pastoral scenes. Taking inspiration from these settings, Little has produced this work using a meticulous drypoint etching technique. Demanding huge attention to detail, the image is crafted through repeated layers of engraving.
about Graham Little
The work of Graham Little situates solitary figures within intricately designed interior spaces. His meticulously built compositions revel in the texture, pattern and choreography of fashion advertising, while alluding to the aesthetic sensibilities and compositional strategies of Modernist figuration and the Old Masters. But while Little’s interest in perceived beauty (or the construction thereof) cannot be underplayed, his domestic chambers are often characterised by the psychological blemishes that beauty cannot mask: distraction, disinterest and distance; emptiness cloaked in aesthetic sheen.
The majority of Little’s sitters are young women and men sourced from 1980s issues of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and, most frequently, the German style magazine Burda Moden. In stark contrast to the dominant mode of contemporary fashion photography, in which femininity is framed as hyper-sexualised and highly unattainable, these early editorials eschew flirtation and allure in favour of markedly mundane situations.